Right now the non-dwarf tomatoes, the peppers and eggplant are all clustered in my driveway. Soon the seedlings will be gone - sold or donated - and the grow bags and pots can expand to fill the space that will be created. All that I have left to plant are two bales of additional potatoes. Then comes maintenance time - watering, feeding, tying, troubleshooting, and eventually, harvesting.
A few things I noted today in the bale non-tomato garden: things look pretty good, but I want to get the greens, radishes, peas and beets going at least a month earlier next year. I am not yet happy with germination of direct planted squash, cukes and beans, but will wait a few more days before I go exploring to see if it is just a case of overly deep planting or rotting of seed. Some of the bales are thriving - lettuce, basil, and beets in particular.
The Dwarf tomatoes in bales look nearly exclusively outstanding. I did note that one of the Sweet Adelaides is pouting a bit, and I need to decide tomorrow if it is a "wait and see" or replace. I did pull replacement plants for many of the dwarfs just in case.
I am so excited - this is a most superb time of year; there is so much going on, and things change daily! I hope to do the next bale update (the two week report) soon - as well as show some pictures. But first I have to do my usual last minute prep and get ready for the Cookbook Rodeo event at Read Local in Durham tomorrow evening!